Sounds Australia, AIR and the PPCA are now seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels to take part in an Australian delegation to attend Indie Week 2022 in New York City, an independent label focused conference hosted by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) from June 13-16 2022 at New York Law School.

A2IM Indie Week is a four-day international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of Independent music. Featuring keynotes, panels, exclusive networking sessions, and more, A2IM Indie Week has historically drawn an attendance of over 1200 participants from over 30 countries. Build your network and join the conversation.

Indie Week is a member-only conference for record labels and service providers with a strong focus on the exploitation of master recordings, licensing, networking and digital. AIR & Sounds Australia have led Australian delegations to Indie Week since 2013 and we have again been extended an invitation to lead an Australian delegation to Indie Week in 2022.

Sounds Australia will be covering registration costs – valued at $579.99 USD.

Due to limited capacity, we ask all interested parties to show an expression of interest by filling out this survey BY WEDNESDAY 20TH APRIL 2022 – it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE SURVEY


For consideration when applying:

  • Indie Week 2022 will be held in New York City from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th June 2022.
  • Sounds Australia will be presenting THE AUSSIE BBQ showcase in New York on Saturday 18th June 2022, 4pm – 10pm. All Australian Indie Week delegates will be invited as a VIP guest to THE AUSSIE BBQ, that will also include an exclusive network luncheon with key New York music industry before the showcase performance.
  • Australian attendees are responsible for booking and funding all flights, transfers, insurance and accommodation themselves.
  • To apply a label must be a member of AIR.
  • Per the A2IM Indie Week venue’s rules and regulations, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster dose, and are required to wear a mask in the venue. Attendees who are not vaccinated for medical, religious, or other reasons will be required to submit proof of a negative PCR or lab-based antigen COVID test, conducted within three (3) days prior to attending. Proof of vaccination and a temperature check will be required upon entry. If you have any questions regarding COVID regulations, please reach out to info@a2im.org.
  • Due to limited capacity and the small number of invitations, all attending Australian labels must have a catalogue of at least five albums and represent the music of at least three artists. It is expected that they are digitally pro-active and are doing business internationally. For more information please contact Maria Amato at AIR – maria@air.org.au

Sounds Australia is excited to announce the launch of SOUNDS SESSIONS, a curated series of global conversations, which will be held on our new online industry portal, Inside Sounds.

For the inaugural series we’ve partnered with A2IM to present encore screenings of panels that were initially streamed as part of this year’s A2IM Indie Week. After each session, participants will have the opportunity to join some of the speakers in a special Q&A held on Zoom.

It kicks off next Tuesday August 3 at 9am AEST with the panel “What Does The Future Of Live Music Look Like?”

Registration is essential as spots are limited, so those Australian industry professionals interested in attending one or all of the sessions need to email mmillgate@soundsaustralia.com.au to secure their place.

Week 1 – Aug 3
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF LIVE MUSIC LOOK LIKE?

Rev. Moose (NYC) Katherine Friedland (NYC) Tobi Parks (Des Moines)

Week 2 – Aug 10
ELEVATING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES

Melanie McClain (NYC) David Krinsky (San Fran) Janett Berrios (Florida) Shane Gill (Vancouver) Andre Benjamin (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – KENYA

Week 3 – Aug 17
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON STREAMING; ARE YOU CONNECTED TO THE WORLD?

Anna Siegel (NYC) Hiba Fatima Irshad (NYC) Arun Sajjan (Dubai)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – TURKEY

Week 4 – Aug 24
MUSIC AND INFLUENCER COLLABORATIONS ARE THE FUTURE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE COPYRIGHT ISSUES?

Heather Johnson (Seattle) Nate Beck (Washington) Sam Seum (LA)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – SOUTH AFRICA

Week 5 – Aug 31
DO LABELS STILL SIGN ALBUM DEALS W SINGLES ARE THE PRIMARY RELEASE FORMAT?

Elliot Resnik (NYC) Tony Alexander (Memphis) Susan Busch (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – NIGERIA

Week 6 – Sept 7
BUILDING FOR RESILIENCE: HOW INDEPENDENTS ARE TAKING STEPS TO OWN THEIR FUTURE

Katie Alberts (Atlanta) Zac Zarrilo (Philly) Whitney Dublin (NYC) Dan Nevin (London)

Sounds Australia is excited to announce the launch of SOUNDS SESSIONS, a curated series of global conversations, which will be held on our new online industry portal, Inside Sounds.

For the inaugural series we’ve partnered with A2IM to present encore screenings of panels that were initially streamed as part of this year’s A2IM Indie Week. After each session, participants will have the opportunity to join some of the speakers in a special Q&A held on Zoom.

It kicks off next Tuesday August 3 at 9am AEST with the panel “What Does The Future Of Live Music Look Like?”

Registration is essential as spots are limited, so those Australian industry professionals interested in attending one or all of the sessions need to email mmillgate@soundsaustralia.com.au to secure their place.

Week 1 – Aug 3
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF LIVE MUSIC LOOK LIKE?

Rev. Moose (NYC) Katherine Friedland (NYC) Tobi Parks (Des Moines)

Week 2 – Aug 10
ELEVATING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES

Melanie McClain (NYC) David Krinsky (San Fran) Janett Berrios (Florida) Shane Gill (Vancouver) Andre Benjamin (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – KENYA

Week 3 – Aug 17
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON STREAMING; ARE YOU CONNECTED TO THE WORLD?

Anna Siegel (NYC) Hiba Fatima Irshad (NYC) Arun Sajjan (Dubai)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – TURKEY

Week 4 – Aug 24
MUSIC AND INFLUENCER COLLABORATIONS ARE THE FUTURE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE COPYRIGHT ISSUES?

Heather Johnson (Seattle) Nate Beck (Washington) Sam Seum (LA)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – SOUTH AFRICA

Week 5 – Aug 31
DO LABELS STILL SIGN ALBUM DEALS W SINGLES ARE THE PRIMARY RELEASE FORMAT?

Elliot Resnik (NYC) Tony Alexander (Memphis) Susan Busch (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – NIGERIA

Week 6 – Sept 7
BUILDING FOR RESILIENCE: HOW INDEPENDENTS ARE TAKING STEPS TO OWN THEIR FUTURE

Katie Alberts (Atlanta) Zac Zarrilo (Philly) Whitney Dublin (NYC) Dan Nevin (London)

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City. The event, recognised as the largest Independent music award show in the world, capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of A2IM Indie Week, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event. Over the course of the week, supported by Sounds Australia, 25 Australian professionals braved the time zones and actively participated in the virtual edition.

Sounds Australia wishes to congratulate the Australian artists who won at the awards:

Julia Jacklin took home Best Folk / Bluegrass album for Crushing (Polyvinyl Record Co.) and also performed the incredible ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’ as part of the award ceremony, which also included performances from the likes of Orville Peck (who won best Country Album and Breakthrough Artist/Release) and Wyclef Jean, who closed out the night.

Julia Jacklin has appeared at a number of Sounds Australia events including THE AUSSIE BBQ at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and Sound Gallery @ Komedia at The Great Escape all in 2016.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard won Best Metal Album for Infest The Rats’ Nest (ATO Records). They performed at the 2014 Canadian Music Week THE AUSSIE BBQ, at the iconic Horseshoe Tavern, alongside the likes of You Am I. They were also nominated in the Best Outlier Album category for Fishing For Fishies.

Amyl and the Sniffers won Best Punk / Emo Album for Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO Records), who performed with us in the UK at THE AUSSIE BBQ in London and Brighton’s The Great Escape, as well as The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg in 2018.

We’d also like to congratulate the managers of the winning acts and acknowledge their tireless work for their artists – Alistair Burns (Julia Jacklin), Andrew Parisi & Simone Ubaldi (Amyl & The Sniffers) and Eric Moore (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

These amazing Australian acts joined an impressive list of winners which included Mavis Staples, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, Fontaines D.C. and IDLES.

Although they didn’t receive an award (this time), it was fantastic to see Alex Cameron and Courtney Barnett nominated, further demonstrating the depth and talent of Australian music right now.

For the full list of winners and more details about the Libera Awards, head to liberaawards.com

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City. The event, recognised as the largest Independent music award show in the world, capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of A2IM Indie Week, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event. Over the course of the week, supported by Sounds Australia, 25 Australian professionals braved the time zones and actively participated in the virtual edition.

Sounds Australia wishes to congratulate the Australian artists who won at the awards:

Julia Jacklin took home Best Folk / Bluegrass album for Crushing (Polyvinyl Record Co.) and also performed the incredible ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’ as part of the award ceremony, which also included performances from the likes of Orville Peck (who won best Country Album and Breakthrough Artist/Release) and Wyclef Jean, who closed out the night.

Julia Jacklin has appeared at a number of Sounds Australia events including THE AUSSIE BBQ at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and Sound Gallery @ Komedia at The Great Escape all in 2016.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard won Best Metal Album for Infest The Rats’ Nest (ATO Records). They performed at the 2014 Canadian Music Week THE AUSSIE BBQ, at the iconic Horseshoe Tavern, alongside the likes of You Am I. They were also nominated in the Best Outlier Album category for Fishing For Fishies.

Amyl and the Sniffers won Best Punk / Emo Album for Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO Records), who performed with us in the UK at THE AUSSIE BBQ in London and Brighton’s The Great Escape, as well as The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg in 2018.

We’d also like to congratulate the managers of the winning acts and acknowledge their tireless work for their artists – Alistair Burns (Julia Jacklin), Andrew Parisi & Simone Ubaldi (Amyl & The Sniffers) and Eric Moore (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

These amazing Australian acts joined an impressive list of winners which included Mavis Staples, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, Fontaines D.C. and IDLES.

Although they didn’t receive an award (this time), it was fantastic to see Alex Cameron and Courtney Barnett nominated, further demonstrating the depth and talent of Australian music right now.

For the full list of winners and more details about the Libera Awards, head to liberaawards.com